|Pre-Conference Tour – 19 January 2018|
|Gathering Point||Impiana KLCC Hotel lobby|
Guarded by a spear-toting gold statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan, the Batu Caves is a Malaysian national treasure and an unmissable day trip from Kuala Lumpur. These limestone caves harbour Hindu temples where murals of mythic scenes gleam behind stalactites, bats flutter in the shadows, and troops of monkeys prey on hapless tourists.
The King’s Palace. Istana Negara serves as the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. However, the palace is not open to public but you can take photos of the exterior along with the changing of the Palace’s guards, which occurs hourly.
The uniquely designed building symbolises the democratic system of Malaysia. The Parliament House was built in September 1962 and it is set up on a hill in the scenic Lake Gardens. Flanked by fountains and other ornamental features.
The Lake Garden’s opening in May 1975 was officiated by the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Haji Abdul Razak Hussein. Extending over 92 hectares of land, the Lake Gardens houses various parks and gardens. As of today, there are five other gardens and parks which are open to the public daily. They include the Orchid Garden which is filled with over 800 species of orchids. At the Orchid Garden, visitors may take as many pictures as they like and they can even buy a few pots of orchid home. The other garden is the Hibiscus Garden where our national flower grows in abundance.
Masjid Negara as the natives would call it, is the national mosque of Malaysia. The unique and gigantic structure is inspired by Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram. Able to accommodate 15,000 worshippers, it has an umbrella-like blue-tile roof with 18 points symbolising the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam. Rising above the mosque, a 74m-high minaret issues the call to prayer. Non-Muslims are welcome to visit outside prayer times; robes are available for those who are not dressed appropriately.
The National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia‘s struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Old Railway Station
Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station is an almost fairytale Moorish-style building to the southeast of the National Mosque. It used to be KL’s main railway hub until 2001 when Kuala Lumpur Sentral took over much of its role.
Adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western styles, it was designed by A.B. Hubbock in 1910. Opposite stands the Malaya Railway Administration Building, also designed by Hubbock in 1917. Beneath the Islamic exterior, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station resembles a typical glass and iron Victorian-era English railway building.
Merdeka Square is undoubtedly one of KL’s best known landmark. Also called Dataran Merdeka by the locals, it is set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Directly in front is the Royal Selangor Club and to the north is St. Mary’s Church, one of Malaysia’s oldest Anglican churches. Within the colonial core of Kuala Lumpur, where the remnants of the British empire are especially evident, Merdeka Square seems to be nothing more than a giant field with perfectly manicured green lawns and a centrepiece of the tallest flagpole in the world proudly displaying the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag).
Kuala Lumpur Craft Centre
A visit to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Cultural Complex at Jalan Conlay, is a wonderful hidden gem. Tucked away from the busy traffic, this craft centre is situated in an open-concept building, with traditional motifs and intricate wooden carvings.
The complex houses several different sections comprising a craft museum, artists’ colony and craft village as well as batik gallery and souvenir shop.
Stepping into the complex, one is greeted with the latest cultural exhibits. On display are local handicrafts such as batik, rattan baskets, pottery, and other crafty knick-knacks.
The Islamic Arts Museum
The Islamic Arts Museum was officially opened on 12th December 1998. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt amidst the lush greenery of Perdana Botanical Gardens and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Bird Park
Petronas Twin Tower* (subject to ticket availibility)
Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the Petronas Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, the international icon powerfully captures the nation’s ambitions and aspirations.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime tour that you will definitely won’t forget! Tour fee of USD100 per person will be charged and must be paid before 8 January 2018. Please send your request to our email or simply click the following link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Any request for additional person after the deadline will be charged USD120 per person.